DotF: Judge homers in Charleston’s blowout win

Game 34: Tanaka takes Milwaukee
Shawn Kelley day-to-day with a back problem

Some notes and roster moves:

  • OF Tyler Austin (groin) will be activated off the DL and in the Double-A Trenton lineup tomorrow, according to Matt Kardos. Between the groin problem and the nagging wrist injury last month. Austin has played in only 14 of the team’s 35 games this year.
  • Both 1B Kyle Roller and RHP Branden Pinder have been promoted from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton, according to Josh Norris and Chad Jennings. Roller was moved up to make room for C/RF Peter O’Brien, who was bumped up to the Thunder yesterday.
  • To make room on the RailRiders’ roster, RHP Yoshinori Tateyama was released and RHP Chris Leroux was sent to Double-A Trenton, according to Donnie Collins. Leroux was in the big leagues last week. Ouch. IF Corban Joseph has been placed on the temporarily inactive list, which usually means he had to leave the team to deal with a family issue.
  • In other news, RHP Luis Severino made the “In The Team Photo” section of this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet. CF Mason Williams was in the Not So Hot section, unfortunately.

Triple-A Scranton (3-2 win over Durham)

  • RF Ramon Flores: 0-3, 2 BB — 26/22 K/BB in 31 games
  • 3B Zelous Wheeler: 2-5, 1 RBI
  • SS Dean Anna: 0-3, 1 RBI
  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 K — nice Triple-A debut
  • C Austin Romine: 2-4, 1 R, 2PB — he’s been hitting well of late, good to see
  • RHP Joel De La Cruz: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 8/2 GB/FB — 50 of 77 pitches were strikes (65%)
  • RHP Jose Ramirez: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 15 of 26 pitches were strikes (58%)
  • RHP Mark Montgomery: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB — eight pitches, five strikes

Double-A Trenton (8-2 win over Reading) Tony Franklin is now the winningest manager in Thunder franchise history, so congrats to him

  • CF Mason Williams: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • LF Ben Gamel: 3-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K — had been in a 2-for-22 (.091) slump
  • 3B Rob Segedin: 0-1, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 1 HBP — 13/19 K/BB in 26 games
  • C Gary Sanchez: 0-5, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 PB
  • DH Peter O’Brien: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K — he is going to play mostly right field, according to Kardos
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 2-3, 2 R, 1 BB
  • LHP Manny Banuelos: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2/3 GB/FB — 31 of 48 pitches were strikes (65%)

High-A Tampa (4-3 loss to Lakeland)

  • CF Jake Cave: 3-5, 1 R, 1 K — 10-for-26 (.385) in his last six games
  • 1B Greg Bird: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K
  • DH Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-4, 1 RBI, 2 K
  • 3B Eric Jagielo: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 E (fielding)
  • 2B Angelo Gumbs: 0-4, 1 K
  • SS Cito Culver: 1-4, 1 R
  • RHP Nick Goody: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GB/FB — starting games for now just so they can control his routine as he comes back from Tommy John surgery
  • RHP Rafael DePaula: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 5/2 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (9-2 win over Rome)

  • SS Abi Avelino: 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB
  • DH Tyler Wade: 3-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 4 RBI, 1 K
  • RF Aaron Judge: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 HBP — third homer of the season
  • LF Michael O’Neill: 1-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • 2B Gosuke Katoh: 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • LHP Ian Clarkin: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 5/3 GB/FB — second start of the season
  • LHP Omar Luis: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 4/2 GB/FB
Game 34: Tanaka takes Milwaukee
Shawn Kelley day-to-day with a back problem
  • Bo Knows

    Luis allowed the inherited runner to score, unfortunate, but Clarkin has two really good starts I hope for 18 more like this

  • yankeepankee


    What does De La Cruz throw and what’s his velocity?
    Is he a true starter prospect?
    Also, Nuding. What does he throw and his mph. Also, a valid starter prospect?

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    Love what Tyler Wade is doing but…

    Dear God, a SLG % lower than your BA?

    Maybe he’s the next Pete Rose.

    • Mike Axisa

      That’s … not possible.

      • W.B. Mason Williams

        You’re right, sloppy on my part.

        Still, woof.

        • Preston

          He’s a 19 yo SS in his first year in full season ball. He may or may not grow into more power. But he hits for average, takes walks, plays good defense and has some speed on the bases, so I’m not worried about the power.

    • RetroRob

      I think you mean a SLG percentage lower than his OBP.

      Rose had good power in his early career — doubles power — but when he turned 40 he pretty much lost that but he still could get on base. I think the last five or so years of his career is OBP was always higher than his SLG beginning with age 40 when he triple slashed .325/.391/.390. He probably should have called it a career after that.

  • Preston

    Great to see Greg Bird back in the swing of things.

  • yankeepankee

    Mike A.
    Love your work.
    Can you kindly help me out here?

    What does De La Cruz throw and what’s his velocity?
    Is he a true starter prospect?
    Also, Nuding. What does he throw and his mph. Also, a valid starter prospect?

  • Wolfgang’s Fault

    Nice to see Romine getting himself back on the map. Dude’s got solid big league catching skills.

  • Boba

    Thanks for what you do on this site. One of the first things I check each day. That said, it seems like Ford has been out of the lineup lately. Did I miss some news about that.

    • James

      Ford played, he just didn’t make Mike’s highlights. In fact, he’s been playing regularly and is in the middle of a nice little 6-game hitting streak. Last night he was 1-3 with 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI and 2 BB.

      You can see his full stats here:

      • Bryan

        I don’t understand what they are doing with Ford. It is obvious he is too advanced for the SALLY league. He is a college bat and should be moved up soon. They seem to be far more aggressive with guys like Abiatal and Gosuke but not with the more refined collegiate guys. Strange.

        • Coolerking101

          He’s a 1B. That means he’s currently blocked from High A by Bird. No place for him to play there. I’m guessing they hope Bird plays well and can be promoted at the break….and then space will open up for Ford.

          • Preston

            In addition to being blocked by Bird, Bichette and Jagielo, we’re talking about an undrafted guy. He was overly impressive in SI, so it’s going to take a lot more than 29 games in Charleston to convince me that he’s an actual prospect and not just org filler.

  • New guy

    It’s going down! I’m yellin PINDERRRRR

  • Dicka24

    Is Rob Segedin a late bloomer? Kid’s 25, but was a 3rd round college draft pick. His numbers the last 2 years are positive at least.

    • Preston

      He missed most of last season with a hip injury.

  • Coolerking101

    Mike, how about some love for the local product, Mike Ford? Granted he was undrafted, but his triple slash line at Charleston is .327/.408/.889. I’d say the guy should be included in the summary every night.

    • pounder

      …..same for Fiorito, kid from the YO.